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One of the most difficult areas this newsletter has to deal with is the use of instructor titles. We are very sensitive to this issue and do not want to offend or insult anyone. To simplify this daunting problem we will use the following guidelines with the use of instructor titles:
a. The correct title of the instructor(s) must be in the article or seminar information submitted by the author or event organizer.
b. All captions that we place under photos will be:
1. Japanese instructors: Last name followed by the title Sensei.
2. Non-Japanese instructors: The title Sensei followed by the last name of the instructor.
c. Any title and name that is placed in this newsletter by newsletter staff will use the title of Sensei.
We consider the title "Sensei" a very prestigious title
An Ancient Man
Teruo Chinen just recently passed.
Our martial world is a little poorer.
Chinen Sensei was a controversial person, but he was my friend for 30 years and a consummate martial artist. "Old school" hardly covers it. He was a throwback. Few people practice karate as hard as he did and few are as demanding on their students.
Chinen was an ancient man trying to find a place in a modern world. That's probably part of his problem. He didn't fit well into our age of counterfeit smiles and paper masters.
I wrote the following article eight years ago when he visited Tucson, Arizona. Please remember him fondly. I can be as critical as the next person, but "when God lays his hand on a person's shoulder, I take mine off."
This is how I will remember Teruo Chinen.
As the Arizona night descended around us in a blanket of warm desert hues, the pale light
|Teruo Chinen Sensei|
from a kerosene yard lantern danced across the soft eyes of Teruo Chinen, reflecting the Chinese blood line of his Okinawan lineage, of which he proudly spoke. He chatted about his life in Okinawa, Japan and the United States, karate, Goju Ryu, Miyagi, China, Kung Fu, ancient Chinese Generals and an evening full of other trivia related to his lifetime of training in and teaching his Okinawan martial art to any aspiring soul who showed up.
A cluster of mostly adult students sat quietly listening, absorbing the thoughts and feelings of this man who, because of his nationality and heritage, embodied, for them, the history and spirit of the art they pursued. As the evening passed, the students randomly rose to leave and were handed a certificate to commemorate the weekend. As the twenty or so people bowed goodbye and accepted the parchment, Chinen mentioned each one's name and acknowledged something unique to their weekend's training. They smiled and bowed again, appreciating the fact that this teacher, whom most had only met for the first time two days before, made the effort to learn their names and take interest in a brief moment of their particular time on earth.
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Should Students help Clean the Dojo?
I was drawn into a discussion the other day with parents at one of our local tournaments about whether or not students should help clean the dojo. These parents were not apart of my school.
These parents were not happy about their Sensei's policy of students cleaning the school after class. I of course voiced my support for their Sensei's policy.
After I gave an explanation of why students should help with cleaning the dojo, these parents understood and changed their minds about the policy. It occurred to me at that moment I needed to send out an article I wrote sometime back about this issue. People new to the Arts need to be informed on protocols of traditional martial arts and why they are implemented.
I wrote the following article about 10 years ago in response to a problem I had in my school. I placed this article in this newsletter several years ago, but feel it needs to go out from time to time.
Though the parents mentioned in this article quit because of this article, the rest of the school rallied around the situation, supported the protocol, and became better informed.
"Teens Cleaning the Change-room"
I received an e-mail the other day from a parent that wasn't too happy with me. He strongly disagreed with my policy of having the teens clean the change rooms after the teen/adult classes. I was actually surprised by the e-mail because this family has been in my program for many years. I thought they would have understood martial art philosophy in these matters. His argument was as follows:
a. His son is a paying student and considers it unacceptable to have paying students help with cleaning the change rooms.
b. It creates an inconvenience for both the student and the parent.
c. The school is taking on an enormous liability risk. If a student is injured or picks up any infection as a result of these tasks the ramifications are huge.
Though I disagree with this argument, I appreciate this conflict of philosophies. It allows me an opportunity to express my philosophy and the philosophy of the martial arts while giving options to those who disagree with me.
The martial arts are quite unique from other entities such as dance, gymnastics, or other businesses where a "service" is provided to its "clients". In the martial arts we consider ourselves a family, not a service providing a product. The fees are considered funds that help pay for the facility and martial arts knowledge, not to give participants entitlement. The school (dojo) is considered our house and our home. As a family it is our responsibility to work together to help keep it clean. Not to hire others to do it for us. In the martial arts it is considered our duty to clean our own house. This philosophy has been in the martial arts since its inception. There is learning and discipline that come from cleaning our school. The cleaning of the school also develops the philosophy of being of service to others in our......
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The Deadly Dance
The Karate Tapestry - Part 16
Everyone studying Chinese/Okinawan martial arts learns kata - Pinan, Heian, Gekisai, Sanchin, or some of the rest. From our first day in class, we are involved in one way or another with kata. Karate is based on kata. Karate, in fact,
kata. Without kata, karate would not exist.
As a comparison, there have been plenty of fighting arts over the history of the world, from the 300 Spartans who held off ten thousand Persian's at Thermopylae, to the Egyptian armies that chased Moses, to the Roman Gladiators. Warrior cultures define human history.
But there is no ancient fighting method as well preserved as that emanating from China, through Okinawa - the one we absorb through kata. Through kata we live a link to Shaolin priests 1500 years ago, to Ming warriors fighting off Manchurian invaders, to their descendants determined to place a Ming back on the throne of China, to Okinawan nobles organizing a society in face of Satsuma domination and protecting Okinawan kings.
They hide bits of Asian history, to relive through our kata passion.
But what is kata? Does anyone really know? What is it supposed to accomplish? Where did it originate? Why does it even exist?
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We all need a little humor in our life. If you have a joke, send it in.
Martial Art Humor
The Nature of Things
Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung.
He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung. The other monk asked him, "Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it's nature is to sting?"
"Because," the monk replied, "to save it is my nature."
We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.
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Other Seminars and Events
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Japanese Karate Tournament Schedule 2015 USA
10/4 Shotokan Karate USA Fall Classic
Miladi Karate Academy
River Valley High School, 801 El Margarita, Yuba City, CA
10/4 50th Kubota Annual All-Star Karate Championship USA
Occidental College, Rush Gym, 1600 Campus Rd,
Los Angeles, CA (818) 541-1240 www.ikakarate.com
10/11 New York Open
Westchester Community College, 75 Gra
sslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 665-2752
10/17-18 West Coast Open International Martial Arts Championships
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, firstname.lastname@example.org WA
10/18 Hollenbeck Invitational Karate Championship
CSULA, 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032
10/24 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Gasshuku
Grandy, Colorado Sensei Madani www.imakarate.com
10/24 North Fork Championships Rick McGavin
Grand Junction, CO 970-527-5477
12/26-1/5 2016 The 13th Pan American Maccabi Games
Dr. Sternberg email@example.com
Caren Lesser firstname.lastname@example.org